Glove, unlike Happ, is controllable for another year beyond the current campaign. Gant, 28, has long worked as a swingman in St. Louis, throwing a 3.72 ERA in 339 innings since his 2016 debut with the Braves. He’s sporting a solid 3.42 ERA this season, but that’s a deceptive mark; Gant has delivered 56 walks in 76 1/3 innings this year, to go along with 56 identical punchouts. This lack of leadership makes him an infallible candidate for regression if he fails to right the ship.
That said, while leadership was never Gant’s strong suit, he also never struggled at that level. Gant walked a still too high 12.1% hitting rate from 2017 to 2020, but he saw that mark soar to 16.2% in 2021. Meanwhile, his strikeout rate of 20.6% from 2017 to 2020 fell, matching that 16.2% walk rate.
Gant is making $ 2.1million this year and is due to increase officiating in the next offseason, so there is no guarantee he will be presented by the Twins. But he will give his new club some length in the bullpen or maybe even as a starter in the home stretch, where he will have a few months to prove he can improve his command and contribute the year. next.
In Happ, the Cards will pick up a veteran sleeve-eater, but whose struggles have been rather alarming. The 38-year-old has absorbed 98 1/3 innings for the Twins this season, but was beaten to a 6.77 ERA along the way. Happ was hit a bit with a high 0.332 on balls in play average, but he was also among the most prone pitchers on the home run, averaging 1.92 dingers per nine innings pitched.
What’s even more puzzling is that Happ’s struggles have only escalated in recent weeks. He hasn’t made a quality start since April 28 and has allowed no less than three points in a single outing since late May. Dating back to June 1, Happ has an ERA of 8.13 and, sticking to July, has produced more runs (28) than innings pitched (27).
Even with the Twins taking over the contract from Gant and kicking the cash, it’s somewhat surprising to see the Cardinals include a minor leaguer in this deal. Sisk isn’t one of the top prospects in the organization, but he had a 3.31 ERA in 32 1/3 innings out of the reliever box between the advanced Class A and the double-A. so far in 2021. He’s generated a very strong 29.1% of his opponents, but he also beat hitters with an ugly 12.7% clip. Sisk, the Cardinals’ 16th round in 2018, induces the Grounders to a powerful clip and at least has a chance of becoming a left option in the Minnesota pen.
That’s probably more than what the team might have expected for the struggling Happ, but it underscores the Cardinals’ need to simply rack up innings to complete the rotation after doing little to remedy their depth of questionable starting pitch during the offseason.
La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune premieres reported the Twins moved a starting pitcher. FanSided’s Robert Murray first reported that the twins acquired Gant. Jon Heyman of the MLB Network tweeted Happ allait au Minnesota. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com tweeted that the twins also got Sisk in the case